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Trump: keep doing what you’re doing

June 17, 2018 — This is in response to Darrell Berkheimer's editorial on June 9 entitled, "What should America do to be great again?" Berkheimer begins his article with the opinion that the United States is declining in both image and importance and that's being accelerated by President Trump.

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Gary Litke: Not everyone in favor of development

June 15, 2018 — Tobin Daugherty, developer of the proposed Gilded Springs subdivision on West Main Street, recently held a meeting for concerned neighbors and community members. He apparently wasn't listening to those in attendance. On June 11, Mr. Dougherty told a KNCO reporter that except for the tomato

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Brent Hastey: Current thoughts – the Lower Yuba River Accord

June 15, 2018 — May 2018 officially marked 10 successful years of the Lower Yuba River Accord, a statewide model settlement agreement between 18 different agencies, with many different interests and needs, all working together to make the Yuba River better. The Lower Yuba River Accord improves conditions for

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Thomas Elias: Newsom should have no trouble finding more votes

June 15, 2018 — As the primary election vote count drags on, not to reach a final tally until July 6, one large question confronts Gavin Newsom, winner of a plurality of the vote in the preliminary round of this year's run for governor: Where will he get another

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Sheila Sova: Honor Merchant Marine in mural proposed for Grass Valley’s Memorial Park

June 14, 2018 — Absolutely Autumn Gallagher should include the U.S. Merchant Marine of World War II in the proposed patriotic mural. My name is Sheila M. Sova and I volunteer for the American Merchant Marine Veterans organization. My job is to educate the public on the Forgotten Heroes

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Dan Brown: A history of violence

June 13, 2018 — After reading Mr. Fabersunne's May 26 "Other Voices" column about the need for Americans and Israelis to seek atonement for misdeeds to Native Americans and Palestinians, I took up his challenge to investigate. Good news. No need for Mr. Fabersunne to atone and give his

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Gavrila Nikhila: The women on Highway 49

June 11, 2018 — I pull up to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility off Highway 49, and turn right on Maidu Ave. When I mention our county jail, curious faces inquire, "We have a jail? Where's the jail?" Many people do not realize that when they drive on Highway

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Steven Pettit: Boondoggle

June 10, 2018 — In May 2017, John Drew told us, "The truth about the Centennial Reservoir and the Bear River." That truth, it turns out … the Bear River is a seasonally dry "ephemeral stream" or in NID doublespeak it's "underfit" — simply not enough water to reliably

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Marilyn Adams George: Soroptimists celebrate community service

June 8, 2018 — Soroptimist International of Grass Valley recently held its annual "Celebration of Service" in the Nevada County Contractor's Association's conference room. A gathering of Soroptimist members and recipients of the annual awards and grants met for a presentation of $11,500 in gifts to local scholarship winners

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Bernadette Garcia: Hospitality and a serenade in Nevada City

June 7, 2018 — I am not a local. Although I was born in Los Angeles, raised in Pasadena, and still consider myself a "California girl," most of my adult life has been spent in other places: Paris; Florida, New Hampshire, and for the largest portion, Reno, Nevada, which

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Ron Lowe: About AI, aka ‘Artificial Intelligence’

June 6, 2018 — Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI, is evolving and it will hit a singularity before most people even realize we have robots that can think on their own. Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, installed two AI programs on its platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "With

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Dianna Suarez: Centennial Dam a pipe dream of despot director

June 5, 2018 — In response to the op-ed piece by John Drew on May 11, I am surprised that The Union newspaper published this confusing and disjointed jumble of New-Agey platitudes, making no cohesive point except that NID Director John Drew, the originator of the Centennial Dam boondoggle,

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Rita Behr: Fire control regulations, thought manipulations

June 5, 2018 — On Aug. 22, the Grass Valley City Council amended Chapter 8.16.230 and 8.16.240 of the City of Grass Valley Municipal Code regarding fire control regulations, to be implemented on June 1, 2018. Most would say this is necessary at first glance. Take a second look

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Bruce Rayner: In search of common sense

June 4, 2018 — Common Sense is something most of us have had since childhood. It's ingrained, the product of our upbringing and family values. It's our moral compass, giving us a feeling for right and wrong and what makes sense when solving problems. We use it to see

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Michael Hill-Weld: Keep Nevada City’s National Alley public

June 3, 2018 — The National Hotel has new owners. We welcome them to the community and wish them all the best as they restore the hotel to its former beauty. And we look forward to the day when "I'll meet you at the National" is heard among friends.

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Howard Levine: Grass Valley needs Measure E

June 1, 2018 — For over 40 years I have participated in the process of governing the City of Grass Valley. I sat in the audience at City Council and Planning Commission meetings many times by myself, watching and discussing the future of Grass Valley. I watched as discussions

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Melinda Downs: Jennings is right choice for Nevada County District Attorney

May 31, 2018 — District Attorney Cliff Newell has said that he has not prosecuted a court case in his 12 years in office, even though it is a part of the job description. Glenn Jennings, his opponent, has prosecuted well over 100 trial cases and says he will

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Cheryl Cook: Shallow promises and deep rabbit holes

May 30, 2018 — Just as President Trump was conjuring up another Deep State conspiracy about a "spy" being placed by the FBI in his election campaign to benefit his opponent, a large rabbit hole opening appeared on the White House lawn. We have followed these distracting rabbit holes

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Ted Gaines: New bill slaps Californians with tax on services

May 30, 2018 — California might end the fiscal year with a whopping $20 billion in its rainy day fund. You might think a reserve of that size, plus billions more in unanticipated revenue flowing into the state's coffers this year, would satisfy even the tax-hungriest Sacramento politicians and

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Sarah Miller: Mackey mess is Newell’s fault

May 29, 2018 — For more than three years now, stories surrounding Sheriff Deputy Jason Mackey and his search warrants have filled the pages of this newspaper. Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell and his challenger Glenn Jennings have sparred over the issue during the current DA's race. It's

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